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Lessons of the Canyon - After a solo hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon Naseem comes to grips with the hardest task of forgiveness. Confronting shame.

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About The Crying Tree

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Portland, Oregon's Multnomah County Library system chooses The Crying Tree for Pageturners book read.

UK's Richard and Judy Book Club Chooses The Crying Tree as only US pick

American Booksellers Association Chooses International Best Seller
The Crying Tree

Indie List Top Ten pick

"Beautifully written, expertly crafted, forcefully rendered. Naseem Rakha lays bare all the ambiguities and nuances of our culture in a story that is compelling and deep. The Crying Tree is a story of forgiveness and redemption, but at its core it is a love story as well, and that is the most powerful story of all."
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

"A mesmerizing book -- one any writer would envy and any reader would love."
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean

“For anyone who has ever wondered how forgiveness is possible, even when the pain is overwhelming, wonder no more. The Crying Tree takes you on a journey you won't soon forget."
Sister Helen Prejean
Author of Dead Man Walking

"Naseem Rakha writes with both clarity and sympathy about one of the most mysterious and evasive of human impulses: forgiveness. The Crying Tree is a memorable and deeply humane novel."
Jon Clinch - Author, Kings of the Earth

"Rakha has written a book that is almost impossible to put down. It is hauntingly beautiful, with wonderfully complex characters; there are a few surprises in the story, but the point is not the mysteries of fact, but the mysteries of the heart."
Shelf Awareness - Marlyn Dahl


"This complex, layered story of a family's journey toward justice and forgiveness comes together through spellbinding storytelling."
Publishers Weekly

"Both tragic and redemptive, The Crying Tree might just be this year's Lovely Bones."
Brian Sweaney, Recorded Books

"It is a story of prejudice, compassion and of forgiveness. It is a story that can alter your perspective of life."
Gazette & Herold

"Gifted storyteller Naseem Rakha has crafted a beautiful and passionate novel that never becomes maudlin or unbelievable. All of the characters are genuinely human, and the author even manages to save a few surprising plot detrails to the end. Highly recommended. "
Library Journal

"More than a novel detailing the oft-chronicled and frequently patsied nature of forgiveness, this is a colorful and creative biography of hate -- about its insidiousness and ferocity but also its fateful familiarity. In ways both subtle and overt, Rakha names it, gives it form and consequence."

Ellen Urbani, the Oregonian

"The Crying Tree is a fabulous family drama that focuses on what happens to surviving loved ones when a violent unexpected tragedy occurs."

Midwest Book Review

"Hauntingly beautiful...."

Deseret News

"A powerful novel full of moral questions..."

The Las Vegas Review Journal

"Powerful and stunning debut novel... Written with such wisdom and sensitivity."

The Spokesmen Review

"A gripping, well-paced tale, compassionate without being mawkish."

The Guardian

"You really want to keep reading it - maybe for the rest of your life."
Linda McThrall

"This book is intended to take you on a spiritual journey toward the power of forgiveness, and will cause you to pause when considering the issue of the death penalty."
Christina Forsythe The San Francisco Book Review

"An enthralling story."
Cherie Newman - High Country News

"The Crying Tree is everything that great fiction stands for."
Owen Taylor - The Weekly Volcano

Full reviews here